Aug 12, 2009 9:00pm EDT
of outrageous behavior from politicians at town halls this week. but this morning, texas representative sheila jackson lee took the disrespect to a new level, making a cell phone call while a cancer survivor asked a question. in this video, you can sele raising the phone to her ear and lowering it back down again. i think blatant disregard like that is a first, it didn't go unnoticed. take a look at how people in the audience reacted, this video has been circulating on youtube all day. >> [beep] >> seriously. really? come on. >> it's ok. >> if our conscience allow, congress' conscience allows them to -- do you think that -- sean: the congresswoman said she merely dialed president obama's health care hotline to get an answer for her constituents that sounds like she came really prepared. joining me to discuss all of this is author of "the culture of corruption" are which remains number one on "the new york times" list, michelle malkin is back with us. i don't know what's wrong, saying people are un-american, saying they have swastika, or that reaction, it tells a lot. >> it is a teachable momen
Aug 13, 2009 6:00am EDT
this video we have showed you all morning. texas congresswoman sheila jackson lee was at a town hall meeting. she was supposed to be listening in and directing with constituents. steve: when tracy miller, a cancer survivor, ask the question, in the middle of the question, the commerce woman took a phone call -- the commerce woman took a phone call -- the congresswoman took a phone call. >> she is not even listening. >> seriously? brian: we spoke to tracy miller earlier this morning. alisyn: tell us what the mood was as this was happening. >> people in the room were upset that she was taking a phone call. the lady behind me told cobbers woman jackson lee that she was being very rude -- told congresswoman jackson lee that she was being very rude. she snapped back at the elementary she said she could multitask. -- south back at the woman. she said she could multitask. steve: she said the reason she was on the phone was because she had called into a health-care hot line to ask for an answer to question. does that sound right to you? did it seem like she called into the hot line to ask a question
Aug 13, 2009 4:00pm EDT
a distraction. but what sheila jackson lee has done is not because sheila jackson lee has a consistent history of serving her constituents. >> okay. >> and i served that lady by having a town hall meeting that she could come to in the middle of the day. >> i get it. >> i look forward to working with you. >> we are out of time. congresswoman, very courageous of you to come on. i know it's a difficult thing. wolf blitzer is standing by. he, too, will be covering stories like this in "the situation room." >>> rick, thank you. happening now, something the white house is doing raising some eyebrows out there. it involves health care reform and possibly your e-mail inbox. >>> a convicted bomber seeks mercy. he's in prison for a notorious terrorist act, the bombing of pan am flight 103, killing a lot of americans. now outrage. he may soon be set free after serving only about eight years. >>> and plane down. it ditches in the middle of the sea, and a pilot stands on the plane as it sinks. you might not believe what happened next. one witness said, and i'm quoting now, i thought i'd witnessed death. i'